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September 5, 2012 at 8:10 AM

A timeline of Steve Zakuani’s comeback

zakuani chelsea.jpgPhoto credit: John Lok, The Seattle Times

Our story for Wednesday’s newspaper focused on Sounders FC midfielder Steve Zakuani (right) making his first MLS start since the devastating leg injury in Sunday’s road game against FC Dallas.

He called it the final checkmark on the road back.

There was a timeline of Zakuani’s recovery included in the story and I wanted to post an extended timeline here on the blog with links to our coverage. A couple other moments to look out for in the 24 year old’s return are first goal and first 90-minute performance.

Let’s get to it:

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April 22, 2011 — Suffers double leg-fracture in Colorado (postgame reaction here)

April 26, 2011 — Returns to Seattle after multiple surgeries, writes letter to fans

April 28, 2011 — Rapids’ Brian Mullan suspended MLS record 10 games for tackle

April 30, 2011 — Fans raise No. 11 cards at 11:00 mark of Toronto FC home game

May 21, 2011 — Attends game at CenturyLink Field for the first time as a spectator

June 2, 2011 — Writes blog post for SoundersFC.com on progress

June 6, 2011Attends practice for the first time as a spectator

June 10, 2011 — Gives first interview with media, says he’s forgiven Mullan

July 16, 2011 — Rapids play in Seattle but Mullan doesn’t make the trip

Aug. 25, 2011 — Coach Sigi Schmid indicates Zakuani won’t play again in 2011

Nov. 7, 2011 — Reveals he had serious condition called compartment syndrome

Jan. 20, 2012 — Participates in full practice when training camp opens

Jan. 26, 2012 — Reveals his first timeline for recovery, targets summer return

Feb. 2, 2012 — Grant Wahl’s SI story comes out with quotes from Zakuani, Mullan

March 18, 2012 — Zakuani says he’s close to reaching his pre-injury top speed

April 1, 2012 — Plays against opposition in a training game vs. Gonzaga

April 14, 2012Mullan returns to Seattle for first time, booed on every touch

April 22, 2012 — Zakuani talks on the one-year anniversary of the tackle

June 1, 2012 — Earns first MLS action in reserve game vs. Vancouver

June 20, 2012On bench for MLS regular season game vs. Sporting KC

July 7, 2012Makes MLS return vs. Colorado, exchanges jerseys with Mullan

July 18, 2012 — Plays in a friendly against Chelsea FC

Aug. 12, 2012 — Plays first 90-minute game with reserves at San Jose

Aug. 19, 2012Scores twice in reserve game vs. LA Galaxy

Sept. 2, 2012 — Starts MLS game at FC Dallas and earns first assist since April 16, 2011


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